“THE LISKERETT ‘BUS” will be published early in September 2012. It covers early public transport around Liskeard, including well known operators like M.G. Rowe of Dobwalls, famous as the manufacturer of Rowe Hillmaster trucks and Truscott Bros of Rillamill, who expanded into Liskeard and Launceston. In total the stories of 17 operators are covered and there are pictures, maps, time tables and lists of vehicles owned. Read all about the “Liskerrett”, the “Blue Boy” and the “Trehawke” as well as notes on Western National in the area.
At the same time a second edition of “CHAGFORD AND CREAM” will be available. This is the story of A.E. Thomas, a member of a family of Witheridge carriers, who moved to Chagford to run his own business. Also included is the tale of early railway ‘buses – the town was served by both Great Western and the London & South Western companies – and the other local operators. After the Second World War Mr Thomas bought Cream Cars at Torquay and the story continues until his death in the late 1950’s when the business was sold to Wallace Arnold.
Also in the pipeline is a “DIRECTORY OF DEVON MOTOR ‘BUS SERVICES” in 1931. This will show all routes operated in the early part of that year, just before the introduction of Road Service Licencing. There will also be current fleet lists of all independent ‘bus operators and many illustrations and maps. At the same time another second edition will be available – probably “LUNACY AND LICENCING”, covering the Tiverton area.
If you are interested in any particular area(s) or operator(s) in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire do please get in touch. We will do our best to help.